My name is Todd, and I play "The Demon" in a KISS tribute band, SirKISS. We combined the spectacle of KISS, included a sprinkle of the movie, "Role Models", and invaded our local Ren Festival. Half of the folks there got the Role Models reference, but the vast majority of those in attendance loved the idea of KISS appearing in the middle ages, complete with over the top accents, and Phantom of the Park “themed” knight tunics.
We are card carrying members of the “KISSmyanthia” army!
"Cadillac High," a feature film based on the KISS's 1975 celebratory tour to the city of Cadillac, has received conditional approval for incentives to shoot the movie in Michigan.
And since the movie turned in its application to the Michigan Film Office before last year's Dec. 31 deadline, incentives to locate filming of "Cadillac High" won't be subject to the 2012 cap of $25 million budgeted by the state.
"It was a project that we wanted to make sure to do everything possible to keep here in Michigan," says Michigan Film Office Communication Adviser Michelle Begnoche.
In 1974, the Cadillac High School Vikings, playing KISS albums in the locker room before and after games, won seven straight games and wound up conference co-champs. Word spread to the glitter-rockers of KISS, who visited Cadillac the next year for the most raucous Homecoming weekend on record.
June 27, 1996, Detroit News: "We always planned to turn this planet into Kiss World and Cadillac was the first proof that it was possible," says guitarist Paul Stanley, who will be playing Friday with his original bandmates -- bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Simmons agrees. "It's one thing getting into a band and making some money," he explains. "It's another seeing that a band can change people's lives; that it can instill a better sense of self-esteem in people; that it can help a football team win games."
According to the Michigan Film Office's 2011 Annual Report, "Cadillac High" will film in the cities of Cadillac, Pontiac and Detroit. The movie says it will hire 205 Michigan residents and spend just over $27 million dollars to produce the film in the Mitten State; including almost $5.5 million on equipment and material rentals and purchasing, $700,000 on food and just over $534,000 on lodging.
Conditional incentive amounts offered to producer Philip Steuer total $8.2 million, though the Film Office is still waiting on some financial information from the film, says Begnoche. Steuer produced the "Chronicles of Narnia" films and "Oz the Great and Powerful, " which was shot last year at Raleigh Michigan Studios.
Begnoche said Steuer approached them after the success of shooting "Oz the Great and Powerful" in Michigan. "We're excited about the film's great Michigan locations and great story," she says.
Check out footage of the KISS visit to Cadillac below.
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Just wanted to send a cool picture of our hometown high school fans in Sackets Harbor, NY. We are undefeated and heading to the state basketball tournament!
Palm Springs' KESQ News has a video from yesterday's Second Annual Patrick Warburton Golf For Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament, which featured many well-known guests, including Tommy Thayer! Tommy discusses raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through this tournament, which paired each celebrity with four local golf enthusiasts:
Ronnie Montrose, a great guitarist and friend of the band has lost his battle with cancer and has sadly passed away. His first band album "Montrose" remains a classic and his influence can be heard in numerous contemporary guitarists. We will miss him and send our condolences to his family.
The following is from the Oakland Tribune
Ronnie Montrose, Bay Area guitar legend, dies at 64
By Jim Harrington / Oakland Tribune
Ronnie Montrose, who reigned as one of the Bay Area's great guitar gods for decades, died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. The Millbrae resident -- perhaps best known for leading Montrose, the band that introduced Sammy Hagar to rock fans in the early '70s -- was 64.
The news spread quickly once a posting was made on Montrose's website (www.ronniemontrose.com) on Saturday. The post provided few details about his death, saying that Montrose had "battled cancer and staved off old age for long enough," but it also provided some insight to the rock legend's mood in his final months.
"A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose's 64th birthday," the post read. "He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn't take any of our love for granted."
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I wanted to send a photo from a photo-shoot I did recently of four local models in my hometown of Knoxville TN. I've been a KISS Fan since I was 12 years old. My mom took me to see KISS in 1978 I think it was in Asheville NC and I've been a fan ever since. Love you guys!
KISS hopes for new hit in Las Vegas miniature golf course
By John Corrigan
Few rock bands have marketed themselves like KISS. These guys have taken things way beyond posters and T-shirts. We’re talking KISS wine. A KISS Mr. Potato Head set. Even KISS urns and caskets.
Now, for those who can’t get enough of their favorite rockers, a KISS-themed miniature golf course and amusement park will open across from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on March 15.
“The 18th hole is my tongue,” bass player Gene Simmons said this week.
The project is a team effort between KISS and Monster Entertainment, which has franchised Monster Mini Golf locations around the country featuring glow-in-the-dark miniature golf and creepy creatures.
Of course, you can expect a few more attractions at this venue, including what’s billed as the world’s largest KISS gift shop, the Hotter than Hell wedding chapel and the Rock 'n' Roll All Nite Cafe.
The band is marking its 40th anniversary this year, and Simmons talks with pride on how KISS brought theatricality, showmanship and full-face makeup to the rock genre.
Indeed, KISS and Vegas seem like a match made in ... Hades. Just don’t tell Simmons that his band is "going Vegas." He says the band was way over the top before Sin City sprouted pirate ships and volcanoes.
"Vegas is just copying KISS," he insists. "Once they saw us, they knew how to do it the right way."
IDW Publishing's Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Tom Waltz and Senior Staff Writer Chris Ryall announced at Comic-Con last July that they are publishing a new comic book series for the iconic rock group KISS. Being a big fan of the band, I was immediately intrigued to find out what they had planned for the Starchild, the Demon, the Catman, and the Spaceman. Waltz and Ryall shared with me exclusively what sort of adventures fans can expect to accompany KISS on when the book hits shelves.
KISS has been the subject of several comic book series with several different publishers. Why did IDW pick the group to work with?
Chris Ryall: It pretty much follows the way we choose to pursue any license: we're fans of the material. Both Tom Waltz and I are lifelong KISS fans; and add to that the fact that we produced a line of Simmons Comic Group releases with Gene Simmons a few years back and it's just been something we've always wanted to do. Some of my earliest comic-reading moments are of enjoying the KISS Super Specials that Marvel produced in the '70s, and it's a personal thrill to not only be able to carry on with Kiss comics but to now write them myself, too.
IDW Publishing's Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and Senior Staff Writer Tom Waltz announced at Comic-Con last July that they are publishing a new comic book series for the iconic rock group KISS. Being a big fan of the band, I was immediately intrigued to find out what they had planned for the Starchild, the Demon, the Catman, and the Spaceman.
Waltz and Ryall shared with me exclusively what sort of adventures fans can expect to accompany KISS when the book hits shelves.
Can you give us a brief synopsis of what the new KISS comic book series will be about?
Chris Ryall: Essentially, there are two cosmic deities, the Elder (a force for good) and the Destroyer (bad), who have this shaky co-existence. When the Destroyer finds berth into our universe, he sends his forces down to lay waste to our world. But that's really all the backdrop for the stories which focus more directly on the humans who inherit the KISS mantle. The stories will span eons: the first two issues are set in the 1920s, and then we jump to the Dark Ages, back to present day, and beyond. Every two issues will be a new setting inspired by a classic KISS album.